Home : Media : News : News Article View

USS Key West Participates in Exercise Pacific Griffin with the Republic of Singapore Navy

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelsey Hockenberger | Oct. 3, 2019

COAST OF GUAM -- The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Key West (SSN 722) participated in the bilateral exercise Pacific Griffin with the Republic of Singapore navy, Sept. 24 to Oct. 10 in waters off the coast of Guam.

Pacific Griffin is an biennial maritime exercise between the U.S. and Republic of Singapore navies, designed to enhance combined warfighting skills and tactical execution.

“The importance of these exercises in terms of strengthening interoperability among our regional network of partners cannot be overemphasized,” said Capt. Timothy Poe, Commander, Submarine Squadron 15. “It is yet another example of U.S. Navy efforts to maintain a presence in the region, preserve peace and security and preserve open sea lanes through safe and professional maritime interactions.”

This year’s exercise covered the full spectrum of naval operations, from live fire drills and tactical ship maneuvers to air defense and anti-submarine warfare.

“It was an honor for our Sailors to participate in Pacific Griffin, and reinforce the robust and enduring partnership between the United States and Singapore,” said Cmdr. Grady Hill, Key West's commanding officer. "We were able to demonstrate the lethality and proficiency of our crew in terms of tactics, targeting and live firing. I'm very pleased that my submariners were able to prove their readiness to fight alongside our regional partners."

For the crew of Key West, the highlight of their bilateral engagement was a sinking exercise (SINKEX), in which live fire from aircraft, a submarine and surface vessels sank a decommissioned Navy vessel.

"We are always thrilled for the opportunity to participate in complex military exercises like Pacific Griffin," said Lt. Adam Vieux, Key West's Weapons Officer. "Pacific Griffin not only strengthened our bilateral relationship with our Singaporean counterparts, but also sharpened our
warfighting skills. This exercise proved extremely valuable in our pre-deployment preparations and ultimately makes us better forward deployed warriors."

CSS-15 is located at Polaris Point, Naval Base Guam in Santa Rita, Guam, and includes four Los Angeles-class attack submarines.

The squadron staff is responsible for providing training, material and personnel readiness support to these commands. Also based out of Naval Base Guam are submarine tenders USS Frank Cable and USS Emory S. Land.

The submarines and tenders are maintained as part of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed submarine force and are capable of meeting global operational requirements.


Like Us
Follow Us



Nimitz, Reagan Team Up, Advance International Rules-Based Order
The flagship of Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, USS Nimitz (CVN 68), transits the Philippine Sea during dual carrier operation with Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (CSG). Dual carrier operations unify the tactical power of two individual CSGs, providing fleet commanders with an unmatched, unified credible combat force capable of operating indefinitely. The CSGs are on scheduled deployments to the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony Collier
June 29, 2020 - PHILIPPINE SEA -- The Nimitz and Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Groups are conducting dual carrier

Bombers Project Power from the Last Frontier, Once Again
Airmen from the 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, prepare a B-52H Stratofortress prior to take off at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, during a Bomber Task Force mission, June 16, 2020. Strategic bomber missions demonstrate the credibility of our forces to address a diverse and uncertain security environment.
June 29, 2020 - EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- He who holds Alaska holds the world.U.S. Army General Billy

Heads of Mission Visit Western Division for Talanoa Sessions
U.S. Embassy in Fiji  - Heads of Mission visit Western Division for Talanoa sessions The Japanese and United States Ambassadors and the New Zealand and Australian High Commissioners visited faith-based groups, civil society organisations, local businesses and communities in and around the Nadi-Lautoka corridor, to hear first-hand about their work in responding to the economic and social challenges of COVID-19
June 29, 2020 - U.S. Embassy in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu -- Heads of Mission from Australia, Japan,

Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 Supports Ie Shima Training Facility Repairs
Equipment Operator Constructionman Chase Frenze and Equipment Operator 3rd Class Conner Legg, deployed with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5, operate civil engineer support equipment to spread cement and gravel. U.S. Navy Seabees with NMCB-5 are resurfacing a vertical take-off and landing pad and a coral runway to minimize foreign object damage at the Ie Shima Training Facility. NMCB-5 is deployed across the Indo-Pacific region conducting high-quality construction to support U.S. and partner nations to strengthen partnerships, deter aggression, and enable expeditionary logistics and naval power projection.
June 29, 2020 - OKINAWA, Japan -- U.S. Navy Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 started

U.S. Government Commits to Countering Transnational Crime with Royal Thai Government
The United States donated investigative tools with a value of approximately 3.11 million THB (100,000 USD) to the Royal Thai Government to counter transnational crime and fight drug trafficking as part of a longstanding U.S.-Thai law enforcement partnership. Consul General Sean O’Neill presented the equipment to Pol.Lt.Gen. Prachaub Wongsuk, Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5
June 29, 2020 - U.S. Embassy & Consulateb in Thailand -- On June 24, the United States donated investigative tools